Google’s apparently set to engage in an orgy of familial relations, and will feed Chrome OS to Android. Engineers are believed to have been working on the resulting new operating system for the last couple of years, and it could see the light of day at I/O 2016.
I’m a big fan of Chrome OS, though it’s still some way off competing with Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X in the popularity stakes. However, it doesn’t look like the operating system will be killed off outright. Instead, Google wants to thrust elements of Android into it, in order to expand the reach of its mobile OS, perhaps forcing Chromebooks to support the Play Store, for instance.
Similarly, the move should see Android improve in the productivity stakes, with the user experience on tablets in particular improving. Google's all-conquering software still isn't especially work-friendly, and the firm looks likely to modify it to offer better support for bigger displays and peripherals.